President and CEO
Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas
Randy Zook is president and Chief Executive Officer of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas. A few of his accomplishments during his tenure include strengthening the brand of the State Chamber, increasing membership, leading two successful ballot issue campaigns and refocusing attention on the workforce development system in the state.
For 34 years, he worked for Atlantic Envelope Company of Atlanta, a $200 million manufacturer of custom-printed envelopes and business products. He served as president and CEO of the company from 1989 to 2004. He is currently serving on the boards of the Arkansas Public School Resource Center, Economics Arkansas and McGehee Farm & Real Estate Co. In 2021, Randy was appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to serve on the Economic Recovery Task Force, designed to make recommendations to the governor for Arkansas’ economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19.
Life begins at 50, the saying goes, to which the incomparable Phyllis Diller once replied, “Maybe it’s true that life begins at 50. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out or spread out.” (The women and men included on the following pages, at least, will find that funny … not to mention, they actually know who Phyllis Diller is.)
Fifty is the new 40, or something like that, but in this Ponce de Leon age of youth worship, we at AMP thought it would be nice to recognize those business leaders in Arkansas who aren’t under 40 or in their 20s. Once one hits the milestone age of 50, life doesn’t stop, after all. For many, it speeds up. Nominated by readers, the leaders recognized in AMP’s inaugural Fifty Over 50 list haven’t slowed down — they have realized more success, achieved new goals and even launched entirely new chapters. And we salute them.
The vigor of youth is a beautiful and necessary thing. But so is the wisdom and discernment of age. Besides, like the saying goes, 50 is nothing more than the new 40, right?
The members of AMP’s inaugural Fifty Over 50 list were nominated by readers. They represent a broad spectrum of Arkansas business, industry and politics. They are former state legislators, business owners, CEOs
and more who represent industries ranging from farming and construction
to restaurants and retail.
Some of them started on an upward trajectory early in their careers and haven’t slowed down. Others began new chapters later in their journeys and achieved success — and made profound impacts on their communities — in new ways.
We’re proud to recognize these women and men-… experienced, seasoned Arkansas leaders whose collective journey is just beginning.
Click here to see the full list of 2022 AMP Fifty Over 50!